Charging our phones overnight is a lot more harmful than we thought. It could actually shorten the lifespan of your phone instead of extending it or helping it. Most phones nowadays have a system in place that stops your phone from overcharging. Many smartphones do not stay at one hundred percent for too long.
Leaving your phone charging after it has hit 100% could impact your phone negatively. Business Insider’s Antonio Villas-Boas stated, “As a lithium-ion battery ages, the chemistry within changes and becomes less efficient at storing and delivering power to your device.” As batteries age and since we use our phones daily, their batteries begin to decay due to these reasons.
Phone companies don’t see overcharging your phone as an issue. Apple talks about their lithium-ion batteries in their iPhones, but has never really mentioned overcharging effects on its devices. Google claimed that overcharging is a dated issue. Since technologies are constantly updated, overcharging should not be an issue since their phone’s battery stops charging when it hits 100%.
Phone makers claim that phone’s battery should not be at 100% when you plan on not using them and store them away. If you plan on not using your phone for a while, it is recommended to store your phone away at 30% to 50% because that is when it ages the slowest. Samsung and Apple both stated to keep your phone around 50% for such purposes.
If you’ve been noticing your phone’s battery life deteriorating much quicker than its aging, it’s a good idea to set aside those overnight charges. Accumulated damage from such charges may cause shorter battery life span on a phone you plan to keep for a while. However, it does not matter how careful you are with your phone charger, it will deteriorate overtime regardless. Many phone makers now give you the option to replace your battery for a small price.
AT&T partook in a deceitful marketing scheme recently. The company has received backlash after updating three Samsung and LG smartphones–the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG V30, and LG V40–with fake 5G connectivity logos.
When either device connects to the speed-boosting features of the LTE network, they’ll display a “5G E” icon–short for “5G Evolution”–even though the phones are not running on any 5G network.
As a tactic to gain a headstart on the 5G race, AT&T uses their new icon as nothing other than a marketing tool; the devices utilize the same branded LTE network with the exception of an included upgrade, which is in no way a 5G technological advancement. The company’s “5G E” implements an average of 40Mbps of speed–typical of many wireless network carriers.
The icon is set to arrive to more devices in the upcoming spring.
The 2014 Mobile World Congress has opened up with Samsung announcing the Galaxy S5. Samsung’s newest version of their “Next Big Thing” is almost here. Here’s what’s new with the latest version of their top-of-the-line smart phone.
Slightly Bigger with Slightly Better Specs– The following specs are slightly improved over the Galaxy S4:
Android 4.4 KitKat
Dimensions: 5.6 x 2.85 x 0.32 ;
16-megapixel rear camera
2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset
Up to 126GB expandable memory
Finger Print Sensor
Much like the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor that is used to easily unlock the screen without a password. The user simply presses their finger to the sensor and the phone unlocks.
Heart Rate Monitor
A unique feature on the S5 is the heart rate monitor. Holding an index finger to the sensor just below the camera will activate the heart rate monitor. The phone takes information from the sensor and records it in the S5 fitness tracking software, S Health 3.0.
In case you’ve ever dropped your phone in water, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will have a special coating that is dust and water proof. The device may be submerged in up to 3 feet of water and still be fully functional.
Samsung also announced the new Galaxy Gear Fit- a fitness smart watch, and next generation wearables Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the new Samsung wearables will be available in the United States on April 11, 2014.
Just after announcing the Galaxy S5, Samsung admits there will be an even better version of the S5- something like the “Prime” version with a more powerful processor. See more at BGR.com.
Flexible screens are relatively new, with some curved TVs being the most recent working examples of the OLED technology in use. These TVs have displays which curve inwards on the sides, providing a more “immersive experience.” Now smartphone manufacturers are making use of flexible displays too. Samsung’s Galaxy Round will have a curved plastic display instead of a glass one. LG also has a curved smartphone OLED screen coming out next year.
So what are the main advantages of a flexible screen?
Well, the actual frames of the phones will remain rigid, so you won’t be able to change the screen’s shape from whatever design it’s been shaped into. The screens will be made to conform to the shape of the face, making phone calls more comfortable.
The possibilities of new designs for smartphones are intriguing, yet the greatest advantage we see is in what the screens won’t do-shatter. Flexible screens won’t break like glass, making them more durable to everyday mishaps. A second advantage is how thin and light flexible screens are compared to glass. These new smartphones can be lighter, thinner, and more shatter-resistant than those made with glass
Best Buy has seen some changes since it’s new CEO stepped in last year, and more changes are planned before Samsung’s Galaxy S4 launches this summer. In line with its goal to build a stronger presence in the United States, Samsung will be setting up shop in select Best Buy stores by the time the Galaxy S4 launches.
Best Buy will be making space near their mobile departments for sections with prominent Samsung signage and plenty of Samsung products to try out. Employees are expected to highlight the special features of the much anticipated Galaxy S4, and will also receive training on how to demo other Samsung products. The Samsung mini stores will roll out in high traffic stores, but eventually the goal is to have one in every Best Buy location.The only other company to have a designated area to showcase their products is Apple. It will interesting to see how the spaces differ from one another.
This partnership is just one of several big changes seen at Best Buy since new CEO, Hubert Joly, entered the picture. To compete with online retailers, Best Buy implemented a competitive price matching policy last year and attempted started its turn around with internal restructuring and investing more heavily in employee training.